Now that Nancy Pelosi has given him the okay, how long until Paul Hodes reverses himself and comes out in favor of drilling, in areas that actually have some oil:
But what looks like intraparty tension on the surface is part of an intentional strategy in which Pelosi takes the heat on energy policy, while behind the scenes she’s encouraging vulnerable Democrats to express their independence if it helps them politically, according to Democratic aides on and off Capitol Hill.
Apparantly, Hodes didn't get the memo in time, as he outlines an energy plan in the Union Leader this morning that won't produce any new energy. There's plenty of hand-wringing about the evils of oil companies, though he doesn't explain how higher taxes will lead to lower prices. There's the usual canards about price gouging and speculation, which just serve to highlight his economic illiteracy. And there's the dry well of forcing drilling on leased land not currently in production, which Drew Cline of the Union Leader blew apart earlier this week. Otherwise, Hodes wants to pay you carpool and wants the government to help you conserve energy. But no new energy to be found.
Drilling in Alaska? No.
Drilling off our coasts? No.
Using oil sands? No.
Building new refineries? No.
More nuclear power plants? No.
Paul Hodes offers not a drop of new oil, and not a watt of new electricity. He would continue a failed energy and farm policy that has driven up gas prices. Of course, that was before Nancy Pelosi said is was okay to support more drilling, now that she can guarantee that such a radical idea will never actually come to a vote while she is Speaker. Let's see how long Paul Hodes sticks to his No-Energy Plan.
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